Multimedia Software and Tutorials

Windows Live Movie Maker (

Movie Maker is the most recent version of the Windows-based movie editing software. Although preinstalled in prior versions of Windows (e.g. Vista, XP, etc.), the current version does not come installed on Windows 7 machines. The program is part of the Windows Essential suite of free software for Windows 7 and includes Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, Live Mail, and Live Writer.

Windows Essentials 2012 System Requirements

Operating System
32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, or 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 8 Release Preview, or Windows Server 2008 R2.
1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 support. SSE2 is supported on Pentium 4 processors or newer, and AMD K8 processors or newer.
1 GB of RAM or higher
1024 × 576 minimum
Internet Connection
Online services require dial-up or high-speed Internet access (provided separately—local or long-distance charges might apply). High-speed Internet access is recommended for some features.
Graphics Card
Windows Movie Maker requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 10 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
Additional Requirements
Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker require some features of DirectX 10, which might be installed for you if they’re not found on your computer. Messenger video chat requires a webcam, a microphone, speakers or a headset, and high-speed Internet access. HD video chat requires a compatible HD webcam and a 2.0 GHz or higher processor. HD webcams might also have additional system requirements.


iMovie (

Similar to its Windows counterpart, iMovie is the Mac-based free movie editing software, and is part of a larger suite of software called iLife. While iMovie (and iLife) comes preinstalled on most new Macs (those purchased after October 20, 2010), it is possible to upgrade to the most recent version of iMovie through the Mac App Store. iMovie ’11 requires the Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.3 or later).


Open Movie Editor (

Open Movie Editor is a free and open source video editing program which runs a wide range of file formats, frame rates, frame sizes, video codecs, and video containers. It is currently only available as source code and packaged for different Linux operating systems. It does not current support either Windows or Mac applications. Please see the Open Movie Editor download page for links to a variety of Linux operating system packages.



VideoLAN Movie Creator (VLMC) (

VLMC is a free, open-source, cross-platform non-linear video editing program based on VLC. It is currently still under development, however beta and unstable version are currently available for download. You can follow the ongoing developments and report any bugs at


  • Video demonstration (Video below)


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